Apollo and Daphne

Apollo and Daphne is an English Country Dance. It was published by Walsh in 1718 in The Compleat Country Dancing-Master. It was interpreted by Andrew Shaw in 2017 and published in Elephants Stairs. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

Walsh writes:
The two first Cu. meet and foot it, then turn back again inot their own Places and foot it Lead to the Wall, and back again Cast off, and lead thro' the 3rd Cu. and cast up into the 2d Cu. Place, then go the whole FIgure into the 2d Cu. Place All four Hands quite round, Back to Back, and turn Hands

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, turn single, turn single cloverleaf, circle, cast, lead, figure eight, cast and lead, lead and cast (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 2017 by Andrew Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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